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The "Great Satan" Vs. the "Mad Mullahs"
Author: William O. Beeman

ISBN: 9780226041476
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17 January 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.5 x 1.7
Description:
For more than twenty-five years, the United States and Iran have been diplomatically estranged, each characterizing the other not only as a political adversary, but also as devious, threatening, and essentially evil. According to William O. Beeman's provocative book, "The "Great Satan" vs. the "Mad Mullahs,"" such demonization is a self-fulfilling prophecy, as both countries have embraced exactly the policies and rhetoric that would particularly threaten or insult the other. Drawing on his experience as a linguistic anthropologist, Beeman parses how political leaders have used historical references, religious associations, and the mythology of evil to inflame their own citizens against the foreign country, and proposes a way out of this dangerous debacle.
"William Beeman's analysis of dissonant perceptions of Iran and the USA is compelling and important. . . . I am particularly grateful for this work."--James Peacock, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
" Beeman] is more interested in informing the reader than in impressing his peers. The other strength of th...

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